JO - Monitor deportees
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Jamaicans being deported for illegal practices are putting our fragile reputation on the forefront. Though deportees sent back are Jamaicans by birth, many did not learn their unscrupulous methods here. However, because of their association with Jamaica, others who genuinely need opportunities abroad suffer.
This in return puts pressure on our economy. I say this in relation to those who desire to migrate, hoping to send foreign currency 'Back a Yard'.
The precious commodity of foreign funds is greatly needed. Without the circulation of these monies, along with what tourism and other sectors pull in, the country walks a thin line. The matter of where deportees are concerned should be closely monitored because of this.
According to Mr Hinds of the JCF, "When deportees arrive in Jamaica, they are interviewed and verified to be of Jamaican citizenship. If not wanted for any crimes here, they are released. However, if the crimes they commit abroad are a threat to national security, legislative provisions can be sanctioned". Member of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party Mr Derrick Smith said that specific Acts have been put in place from October 1993, but not much has been done since.
I think members of parliament should tighten the Acts that are already in place. This is necessary to prevent additional pressure on our society that some of these deportees may cause. The skills that deportees have incorporated may be used to create havoc. So the monitoring of these persons and programmes that are in place for them are very crucial to Jamaica's sustenance.